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  • Egypt Starts Green Tourism Initiative with Hotel Solar Obligation

    Egypt Starts Green Tourism Initiative with Hotel Solar Obligation

    While Egypt is still making headlines for its unstable political situation since the revolution almost two years ago, there seems to be a newly emerging political commitment to solar thermal energy. On 22 January, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zaazou, announced a solar water...

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  • Mexico: Workshop on Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters

    Mexico: Workshop on Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters

    A comprehensive documentation of the workshop “Quality Assurance for Solar Water Heaters: Tasks for the Quality Infrastructure” is now available online on the webpage of the German federal agency PTB (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt): ...

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  • Egypt: Solar Water Heaters to Help Cut Down Energy Subsidies

    Egypt: Solar Water Heaters to Help Cut Down Energy Subsidies

    Egypt’s tourism sector is about to become the first target group of an incentive programme and an awareness campaign for solar water heating. Ahmed El Sherif, Secretary General of the Egyptian Solar Energy Development Association (SEDA), considers this the first big political...

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  • Thailand: Advanced Training in Large-Scale Solar Thermal Applications

    Thailand: Advanced Training in Large-Scale Solar Thermal Applications

    The solar thermal week of the Thai-German Renewable Energy Advanced Training 2012 in Bangkok in September attracted a fair number of around 20 national and international participants (see photo). Professor Christoph Menke from the German University of Applied Sciences Trier (ninth from...

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  • Mexico: Procalsol Programme Ends this Year

    Mexico: Procalsol Programme Ends this Year

    The programme Procalsol that started in 2007 will end in December 2012. It has been Mexico’s first long-term scheme to support solar water heating. Experts disagree on whether the end of Procalsol will influence the solar thermal market in the country. In addition, it is not only the...

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  • Mexico: No More Loans for Low-Pressure Solar Thermal Systems

    Mexico: No More Loans for Low-Pressure Solar Thermal Systems

    Low-Pressure solar thermal systems - such as water-filled, double-glass vacuum tube collectors - are no longer eligible to receive loans from the Hipoteca Verde programme in Mexico. This is the result of changes made by the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) to its...

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  • India’s First Reliable Solar Map Coming Soon

    India’s First Reliable Solar Map Coming Soon

    Until now, there has not been any reliable data on solar radiation levels in India. This is why developers of solar power and solar process heat installations usually refer to NASA and its satellite images when it comes to identifying the locations with the best solar radiation and to...

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  • Tunisia: PROSOL Subsidises 4,000 m² of Commercial Installations

    Tunisia: PROSOL Subsidises 4,000 m² of Commercial Installations

    The “Collective Prosol Programme” in Tunisia is gaining momentum. The National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME) started the subsidy programme for solar thermal installations in the tertiary sector back in 2008. The application rate was low at first, but 2010 became a good year for the...

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  • Mexico: Great goals partially met

    Mexico: Great goals partially met

    Mexico is known for its great numbers and plans which are not always fully met. Although some “great goals were only partially met”, the solar thermal market has grown substantially in recent years, mainly because of the booming building sector. The photo shows one of the newly...

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